“. . . you plundered the land from me and I ploughed. . .” (Fouzi El Asmar)

East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.(AFP/File Ahmad Gharabli)
East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.(AFP/File Ahmad Gharabli)

From MA’AN NEWS SERVICE
ISRAEL  ISSUES  DEMOLITION  ORDER  FOR  MOSQUE  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM
August 22, 2015
JERUSALEM ― Israeli municipality officials delivered a demolition order Friday to the al-Qaaqaa Mosque, a house, and a studio apartment in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, local sources told Ma’an.
____Majdi al-Abbasi, from the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, said that Israeli municipality members delivered a demolition order to the al-Qaaqaa mosque in the Ein al-Luza area of the neighborhood.
____The mosque, built three years ago, is a 110 square meter space that serves 5,000 worshipers.
More. . .

❷ From MA’AN NEWS SERVICE
AID  GROUPS  DENOUNCE  ‘SURGE’  IN  ISRAELI  HOME  DEMOLITIONS  ON  WEST  BANK
August 22, 2015
JERUSALEM ―Aid groups Friday denounced Israeli demolitions of homes in the West Bank where the UN said 63 houses and other structures were destroyed this week alone, making 132 Palestinians homeless.
____In a joint statement, 31 international organizations including Oxfam and Amnesty International slammed the “surge” in demolitions and urged world leaders “to take urgent action” to put an end to it.
____According to the United Nations, the demolitions of at least 63 homes and basic structures come as Israel steps up the construction of homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied territory.
____They occurred in Area C, which is controlled by the Israeli authorities and where more than 60 percent of the West Bank lies.
____Citing UN figures, the aid groups said the demolitions made “132 people homeless, including 82 children, accounting for a quarter of the displacement from demolitions in 2015 and marking the highest number of people rendered homeless from demolitions in nearly three years”.
More. . .

Palestinians from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh as they stand on a house after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers. (AFP/File Abbas Momani)
Palestinians from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh as they stand on a house after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers. (AFP/File Abbas Momani)

❸ From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
UPDATE:  SETTLERS  ATTACK  FARMERS  IN  NABLUS,  ARMY  SEARCHES  HOMES  IN  HEBRON
August 22, 2015
NABLUS ―Israeli settlers Saturday attacked Palestinian farmers in the village of Qasra to the south of Nablus, whereas Israeli army raided and searched several Palestinian homes and set up military checkpoints in the Hebron district, according to a local activist.
____Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the West Bank, said that settlers attacked farmers, provoking the village locals and voluntarily guard committees – formed to protect locals against settlers’ attacks – who clashed with the settlers and managed to fend off the attack.
[. . . .]
____In many cases of settlers’ attacks against Palestinians, forces offer protection to settlers and turn a blind eye to attacks committed against locals.
____B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, estimated the settler population in the West Bank at around 531,000.
More. . .

❹ From: +972 MAGAZINE
WATCH:  DOZENS  OF  PALESTINIAN-OWNED  TREES  UPROOTED  TO BUILD  SEPARATION  WALL
Text and photos by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org
August 21, 2015
Dozens of Palestinian-owned olive trees uprooted to complete separation wall that will eventually fully encircle the Bethlehem area.
____The Israeli Defense Ministry renewed its efforts to build a section of the separation wall in the Bethlehem area this week, sending bulldozers and Border Policemen to uproot dozens of olive trees in Wadi Ahmed, on the outskirts of Beit Jala.
____The plan is to completely enclose Bethlehem and the surrounding villages — closing all entrances to the area — by the separation wall. Entire areas of the separation wall have yet be built, including in southern Jerusalem; they are slated for completion in the coming years.
More. . .
Related . . . ISRAELI  BULLDOZERS  ARE  BACK  IN  BEIT  JALA

❺ Opinion
From: THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE
‘THE  IRANIAN  THREAT’:  WHO  IS  THE  GRAVEST  DANGER  TO  WORLD  PEACE?
Noam Chomsky
Aug 20 2015
Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the U.S. Arms Control Association that “the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action establishes a strong and effective formula for blocking all of the pathways by which Iran could acquire material for nuclear weapons . . .”
____There are, however, striking exceptions to the general enthusiasm: the United States and its closest regional allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
[. . . .]
Opponents of the nuclear deal charge that it does not go far enough. . . .
____Israel, of course, is one of the three nuclear powers, along with India and Pakistan, whose weapons programs have been abetted by the United States and that refuse to sign the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).
More. . . 

“I  AM  THE  SON  OF  THE  LAND,”  BY  FOUZI  EL ASMAR
You may take my hands
and lock them in your chains
You may also blindfold me.

You bereaved me
from the light
and I marched
You robbed me
of the bread
and I ate.
You plundered the land
from me
and I ploughed.

I am the son of the land
and for that
I find goodness in this earth
anywhere I happen to be:
The ants of this land
feed me
The branches of this land
foster me
The eagles of this land
will shield my open revolt

Yes
You may take my hands
And lock them in your chains
You may also blindfold me
But here I will stand tall
And here I shall remain
until the very end. (April, 1970) 

From: El Azmar, Fouzi. POEMS  FROM  AN  ISRAELI  PRISON. Intro. By Israel Shahak. New York: KNOW Books, 1973.
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Thursday, 20 August 2015. Israeli bulldozers in Beit Jala. Israeli uproots olive trees in Bethlehem. (Photo: Middle East Monitor.)
Thursday, 20 August 2015. Israeli bulldozers in Beit Jala. Israeli uproots olive trees in Bethlehem. (Photo: Middle East Monitor.)

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